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Why travel to Portugal?

By We Love Small Hotels

In Portugal you will find the perfect place to make your dream trip, safe and away from the crowds.

Choose a region from North to South, we will help to prepare your custom tour to Portugal and give you the ideal suggestions and off-the-beaten track tips. We will share with you our insights about Portugal, the Leading European Destination ranked for the 4th consecutive time by the World Travel Awards.

The regions in Portugal you will want to visit

1. North of Portugal

If you seek for a more sustainable trip, linked to nature and at the same time privileging peace and comfort, our Eco Tour of Portugal is perfect. Start your journey high up in the North of Portugal and sleep in a treehouse, in the middle of a natural park. Then go down to the Center and Alentejo where you will stay in two luxurious eco-boutique hotels, which will only be the starting points to discover the region's authenticity and unique food & wine. Discover the Eco Tour of Portugal.

Fan of road trips? We have one for you on one of the most beautiful roads in Europe, the National 222 (the Portuguese Route 66) that winds along the bank of the Douro River. This tour is dedicated to the Douro wine region, so take the opportunity to visit the wineries and vineyards, taste the famous Port wine that is produced here and stay in small boutique hotels that will be your home in the North of Portugal. Discover the Scenic routes in the Douro Tour.

If you're more into an Adventure Tour, don't miss Peneda-Gerês National Park Adventure Tour. Head north and follow Off The Beaten Path Portugal: Wildness And Authenticity at Peneda Gerês National Park.

2. Center of Portugal

In the center of Portugal, there is a region where typical houses made of schist are grouped together forming the schist villages. On this tour, you will be able to visit 7 of these villages, to know their inhabitants, their traditions and even stroll through the forests and mountains, mile by mile, walking. Be part of Portuguese customs while touring these locations. Embark on the 7 Schist Villages Walking Tour.

3. South of Portugal

On a more cultural trip, travel to Alto Alentejo to learn about the history of the Sephardic Jewish community in Portugal. The Jewish legacy in this region is incredible and to complement this historic trip, we have chosen a selection of the most charming cities, villages and places, along with small boutique hotels. Learn more about The Jewish Heritage in Portugal Tour.

Between the Alentejo coast and the wildest Algarve, walk the Costa Vicentina on foot. Connect with nature and watch its wonders along the way. Discover the golden sand beaches, the countryside, talk to the local fishermen and visit ancient villages. Live life more slowly on the Rota Vicentina.

4. The Islands

Madeira and Azores Islands are a must see. Discover a unique ecosystem: forests, natural pools, exotic flaura and fauna. Explore the Nature & Food Lovers Azores and the Nature & Food Lovers Madeira. In case you are traveling with your family, don't miss the Portugal's Family Multi-Activitiy Holiday.

Find out what we do at We Love Small Hotels so that you always feel safe on your visit to Portugal. The tour  to Portugal is custom made to you. Also rest assured you are contributing to sustainable tourism as we support the local community every time you book, we plant a tree for you, under your name, in the Portuguese forest (with Quercus Portugal).